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UPDATED! Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are at it again! THE WORLD'S END being written!

Published at: April 3, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST by quint

Quint here. One more time... Collider spoke with Simon Pegg and he says no way Jose on the Lizard people rumor!

Quint here again. Got an email from a reader pointing to a bit of an interview Simon did a few months back where he talked about what sounds to me like the first inklings of the plot of THE WORLD'S END. It's funny, when I visited those guys on the set of Hot Fuzz I had lunch with Simon and I made note of his DVD collection, which was mostly Sci-Fi titles. I mentioned in the report that it was possibly for research... might ahve been... Thanks to anonymous reader for sending in the info!

Quint, Didn’t Pegg mention in an interview sometime about 6 months back that he and Edgar were working on a conspiracy themed script about lizards running the world? There’s a huge group out there that already believe that’s the case ( the lizard people, shape shifters, Draconians I think) and this sounds right up their alley with a science fiction’ ish theme following horror and action comedies. Sorry – longtime reader that never signed up for talkbacks. No credit needed if you use any of this


Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Good news for all of us Edgar/Simon/Nick fans. Wright just signed a two-picture deal with Working Title, with whom he's worked with for both SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ. One of those two pictures will be his third project co-written with Simon Pegg entitled THE WORLD'S END. Presumably it has nothing to do with Captain Jack Sparrow... The other project is called BABY DRIVER, which it looks like he's attacking solo. Here's the press release that was sent out today:

London. March 31. In an announcement today, Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner unveiled details of a new two picture deal they have signed with British filmmaker Edgar Wright, with whom they worked on the hit films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Wright has agreed to write and direct two projects for the London based production company, the first project being “Baby Driver”, a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the US. This will be followed by a project with the working title of “The World’s End” which will complete a trilogy of comedy films co-written with Simon Pegg in which they unite again to pen valentines to some of their favourite genres. The pair previously co-wrote “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. Both films will be produced by Working Title in association with Big Talk Productions with Big Talk’s Nira Park producing with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. “We are delighted to continue to be in business with Edgar. We see him as one of the most gifted writers and directors in the industry today, and we are very much looking forward to having the chance to have even more successes with him in the future, “ said Fellner. Edgar Wright commented "Working Title have been fantastic to work with and hugely instrumental in bringing the work of myself, Simon and Nira to the screen. We've had a lot of fun with them so far and it delights me to continue the partnership in the future with new material and bold directions.” Working Title Films has been co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992. Between them, they have produced over 90 feature films, which have amassed more than $4 billion worldwide. The company’s commercial and critical hits include The Interpreter; About a Boy; Notting Hill; Elizabeth; Fargo; Dead Man Walking; Bean; High Fidelity; Johnny English; Billy Elliot; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Bridget Jones’s Diary; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Love Actually; Shaun of the Dead; Pride & Prejudice; Nanny McPhee; United 93; Mr Bean's Holiday; Hot Fuzz, Atonement and The Golden Age.

As you can see there's very little info on the projects, but it's good to know Wright hasn't kicked Simon to the curb now that he's all in love with JJ Abrams. Great news! Can't wait to see what else these dudes have in store for us! What do you folks think THE WORLD'S END will be? A disaster movie? End of the world not involving zombies? Or something completely different?


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  • April 3, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Pegg/Nick are a PACKAGE DEAL

    by GibsonUSA

    Deal with it, Mr. Simon.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    AINT IT SIMON PEGG NEWS

    by ArcadianDS

    what did he have for lunch?

  • April 3, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    first!

    by nightmute

  • April 3, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Simon Pegg/Nick Frost = Stephen Chow/Tat = PACKAGE DEAL

    by GibsonUSA

    Having only one of the two requires audiences to get half their ticket money back.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Don't care what it is because it will be great!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Fuck Apatow and his lame comedies. Wright/Pegg FTW!

  • April 3, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    You FAIL, nightmute!

    by HueyFreeman

    WHOOPSIE!!!!

  • April 3, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    World's End

    by Captain RawBeard

    I hope it is a Sci Fi based film, like Aliens invade an English town or something. Can't wait I am excited by both projects.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    dammit!

    by nightmute

  • April 3, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Your PC must be slow,I was 1st a long time ago.

    by GibsonUSA

    And had time to put up a (more) legit comment to boot.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    so close, so very close...

    by nightmute

  • April 3, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    YES!

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Simon Pegg should be considered more of the standout performer over Ricky Gervais.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I wish I had tits, then I wouldn't need to visit this site. I'd

    by nightmute

  • April 3, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    be looking in the mirrot all day?

    by GibsonUSA

  • April 3, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    mirror

    by GibsonUSA

  • April 3, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Fuck

    by Kevin Bosch

    I have a feeling, for some reason, that this will be like an idea for a script I had. Two aimless slackers whobare no good at life find their calling and purpose when a world changing event occurs and their "motivated, career driven" peers can't deal with a post-apocalyptic existence. I say this because the title is similar (mine is " The Ends of the Earth") and because Shaun of the Dead was one of my inspiations.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    ...play with them till my hands dropped off

    by nightmute

  • April 3, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    hooray!

    by v for vienetta

    i need a cup of tea and a sit down after that

  • April 3, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Purgatori

    by Purgatori

    Frost and Wright were talking about the fact that the three of them were writing an alien invasion flick of some kind at Comicon in 06. So this must be it.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    fuck fuck

    by Kevin Bosch

    and just in case that's not the plot of this movie, I've just given away my idea to whoever sees this.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    thanks doc..

    by nightmute

    I'm going to steal your idea now and use it for my own nefarious ends. I will rename it The End of The World, or perhaps, The World Ends Forever, or This World is Ending. Hopefully, John Moore will direct it, with music by Marco Brambilla (love that guy's name). Got to get Kevin Bacon in there. Poor guy really tries, but never scores a hit. "Hollow Man is the one," says Kev. "Doh!" "Okay, Death Sentence will finally do it for me." "Doh!" We need to start a campaign. Save The Bacon.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    What about Scott Pilgrim?

    by Massage...Bored

    Yeah!

  • April 3, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    hope its the boys killing McG

    by thinboyslim.

    they stalk that ripoff sucker all around the world through multiple genres that McG is ripping off, eventually slashing him to pieces in the front room of 23 Carleton Road Tufnell Park. talentless fuck gets what he deserves.

  • April 3, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    A GREAT BIG BUSHY BEARD!!!

    by rhcp2sweet

    Hot Fuzz rules

  • April 3, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    A Tribute to the Post-Apocalyptic????

    by AdrianVeidt

    I would love to see them handle something Road Warrior style...

  • April 3, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I believe.....

    by chuffsterUK

    .........At Worlds End is a US set Road Movie,co-starng Nick Frost. I'd like to see them remake Planes,Trains and Automobiles!

  • April 3, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    worlds end has to be a lovefest for disaster flicks.

    by logicalnoise01

    I predict there will be a charectar who just points out all the impossibilities of whatever disaster they are stricken with and then will die via headshot or something.

  • April 3, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard....

    by oafius

    You could well be right there, i remember reading an interview back when Hot Fuzz was coming out. I can't remember what site/magazine it was, maybe Empire, but when the interviewer went into the office, there were stacks of alien invasion movies which Wright and Pegg had been watching. They suggested it could be research for the Third in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy? Whatever it is, it'll be of the same high standard that these guys have produced before, I'm sure. Can't wait!

  • April 3, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    DocBosch

    by BillyBatson

    I'm pretty sure that Douglas Adams' initial concept for what turned into the HitchHiker's Guide was called The Ends of the Earth. Not that this should in any way deter you, I just enjoy posting random bits of trivia that may or may not be entirely accurate.

  • April 3, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Ugh

    by password.swordfish

    Can we retire the lame Ain't it (insert celebrity name here) News joke? It's done people. It might have been funny... once or twice. Just let it go. As for Wright and Pegg, I'll see anything these guys do together. Shaun and Hot Fuzz were sheer brilliance. I'm hoping for the sci-fi/invasion idea. That would be so tits.

  • April 3, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Oafius

    by Captain RawBeard

    I remember that article/interview as well. Here's hoping it is the Sci Fi film they were talking about. Alien's Vs Pegg/Frost. Can't wait.

  • April 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Love these guys

    by Rocklover79

    I'll see anything involving them, so this is good news to me.

  • April 3, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Hai Keeba

    I can't wait for anything these two come up with. A riff on alien invasion movies would be so great

  • April 3, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Hey Pegg and Pals

    by Series7

    Why not just save us fans of yours. Which consist of the entirity of this web site and no more. And just go ahead and put yours movies straight to DVD over here. Lets face it Pegg, Americans just don't know/care who you are. So you'll probably make more money off just staight to DVD releases then wasting your time in theaters. I know I would have bought Hot Fuzz right away if it went straight to DVD. <P> I mean we are trying to make you the British Ben Stiller, but it couldn't even power Run, Fat boy Run in the top ten opening weekend. Maybe with your next movie in the trailer just say something like. COME ON AMERICANS! Go see this movie in theaters! You all know you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead when you caught it on Comedy Central. It won't hurt you to come see this, we'll tone the British down a bit. That are put something like, Featuring Simon Pegg who is friends with Tyler Perry. OR better yet, just put Tyler Perry Presents: Whatever. I mean his movies make more in the opening weekend (not much after that though) then Pegg/Wright movies do. All I am saying is that America is dumb. And like Vern said, "It proves that people besides Judd Apatow can still make funny comedies sometimes"

  • April 3, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Simon and Stephen Chow should be in a movie together

    by GibsonUSA

    Comedy/style/culture clash.

  • April 3, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Sorry to burst your 'end of the world' bubbles

    by kingrobot

    but 'The Worlds End' is the name of a pub in Stroud Green Road in London. It's in the same neighbourhood as the location where Shaun of The Dead was filmed and is probably where Pegg and Edgar drink a the weekend. The pub theme plays an important part in both SOTD and Hot Fuzz. I see no reason why The Worlds End should be any different. Mark my words...

  • April 3, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    BillyBatson

    by Kevin Bosch

    now that you mention it, that is where I got the title. I thought it was great and started thinking what I would do with an end of the world movie. And nightmute, go ahead, I'm sure it'll be brilliant.

  • April 3, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    South Park did it already- Crab People

    by ThePilgrim

    Disguised as Those Queer Eye Guys. <P> Drackonyas!

  • April 3, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Jon Ronson

    by Brendon

    Are there no Ronson readers out there fit to explain what that shape-changing lizard stuff was all about. Not this film, that's for sure. I too think the pub is what gave this film this working title. What's more, I think it's only a working title too. Expect any real title to be too much of a giveaway.

  • April 3, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Wish they would make the Ant-Man film

    by ThePilgrim

  • April 3, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Wish they would make the Ant-Man film

    by ThePilgrim

  • April 3, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Wish they would make the Ant-Man film

    by ThePilgrim

  • April 3, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    "we are trying to make you the British Ben Stiller"

    by Geekgasm

    Oh God, what a horrible thing to say about somebody. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

  • April 3, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Shaun in Space Fuzz! bloody perfect

    by pipergates

    these guys attacking Scifi is beyond amazing. Next i hope they get together with Rowan Atkinson and does Blackadder, the movie.

  • April 3, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    You already have a Lizardian in your White House

    by pipergates

    have you seen what Bush looks like when he gets mad? It's totally creepy and beyond plain evil. There's sites dedicated to documenting the invasion of the lizardians and they swear Bush is not human.

  • April 3, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Shaun of the Dead...Beyond Thunderdome

    by SpyGuy

    Loving it already.

  • April 3, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    APATOW AND PEGG CAN FUCK OFF

    by random dude

    Most boring comedies in Universe are made with the help of these hacks.

  • April 3, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    "Haven't you ever taken a shortcut before?"

    by Sir Loin

    Whatever this film turns out to be, it won't be complete unless Pegg asks Frost that vital question to complete the trilogy!

  • April 3, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    pipergates: Does he bleed white?

    by mbeemer

    (An old RPG reference.)

  • April 3, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Stop nagging, you shits.

    by Knuckleduster

    This is a site for movie geeks. If a new Wright/Pegg movie doesn't count as geek news, what does?

  • April 3, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The World's End Pub

    by Captain RawBeard

    if the World's End is based about the Pub of the same name, I can see Pegg, Wright writing a comedy about an Alien invasion in a pub OR even have the pub literally being the World's End - or has a secret attic door to the end of the universe.

  • April 3, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    re: Simon Pegg/Nick Frost = Stephen Chow/Ta

    by Fuck The Napkin

    I sold Simon Pegg a copy of Shaolin Soccer in The Shepherds pub in Highgate many years ago. Well, swapped it for a pint of beer actually. Fascinating, huh?

  • April 3, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    The World's End

    by Lang The Cat

    This sounds like it could be a Michael Moorcock title with Jerry Cornelius. There was a film made quite a while back called the Final Programme. Moorcock does not seem like a choice for Edgar/Nick/Simon as he is a bit nihlistic, however it would be a film from their childhood that might excite them.

  • April 3, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The World's End Pub

    by Lang The Cat

    I notice in Wikipedia it used to be called Mother Red Cap's. Red Caps are elven\gnomish members of the Unseelie Courts (bad elves), who dip their caps in the shattered skulls of their victims (turning their caps red from the blood). This might also be a cool story.

  • April 3, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    chuffsterUK

    by Monkey Butler

    Nah, you're thinking of a different movie that Frost and Pegg are developing together about a road-trip across the US.

  • April 4, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    by JohnIan

    What I would like to see is their take on "The Mist". Not a parody, but an extention of that set universe. That would be entertaining.

  • April 4, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Spaced...3

    by NovaBlue

    C'mon there has been alot of talk about a 1 hour spaced special buzzing around, id rather see this 1st than any more of their lesser funnier films

  • April 4, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    "Blain and Hawkins were killed by a fucking lizard?"

    by HarryBlackPotter

    So, we've had horror, cops and robbers, now for the final part of the Blood & Icecream trilogy we get (surely) Sci-fi, albeit of the Jack Finney, apocalyptic kind. Maybe we're looking at a satire / swipe at scientology, or the New World Order, or maybe, with the mention of LIZARDS, we're either looking at a "V" invasion type movie, or a Godzilla / Cloverfield thing, but I reckon it's more likely gonna be a big piss take of those weird, weird theories that David Ike (ex goalkeeper, football commentator, son of god twice removed, total fucking lune) writes about: that George Bush, Tony Blair and the Royal Family are really descended from a race of lizards or some other bollocks and they're the puppet masters behind everthing from 9/11 to the Spice Girls reforming. Terrifying.

  • April 4, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    David Icke cameo?

    by ianlegend

    I'd like to see Pegg and Wright pull that off for this film. And I don't mean because of his work on BBC (although it may - or may not - be controlled by lizard overlords).

  • April 4, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    whoops sorry Quint!

    by oafius

    it was you who did the interview not empire! :| apologies, knew id read it somewhere about the dvd stack.

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